Lazy Lahanodolmades

I love Lahanodolmades. I would eat them every day if could. In fact, the only thing keeping me from having them on a regular basis is making them. Fortunately, that is no longer a problem for me. This dish is a Chipotle-meets-dolmades bowl of ground beef, rice and cabbage tastes just like the real deal, but takes less than half the…

Greek Fava Crostini

Fava. Not Fava beans. Just Fava. Greeks know what I’m talking about. For my non-Greeks, I can best describe Fava as a yellow split pea puree that is simple to make, yet full of flavor. At home, my mom would serve up a hot plate of Fava topped with olive oil and finely chopped onion. It…

Sitaka & Sage Pappardelle

Growing up, I vividly remember sitting next to my cousins at the kitchen table of my grandparent’s home in Karpathos. We would watch intently as my Papou prepared a simple plate of food for us-his beloved grandchildren. One of his favorite dishes was makaronia me Sitaka- pasta with a creamy sauce made from the goat’s milk whey after it’s been cooked…

Lamb Chops & Pistachio Pesto

It’s here. The time of year when Greeks everywhere are enjoying every last bit of meat they can get their hands on as they prepare to give up virtually all animal-derived foods for 40 days. It’s also the time of year when Greeks and other Orthodox Christians start walking around with an expression on their face similar to that…

Chicken Avgolemono Soup

As a new resident of St. Louis, I’m proud to announce that I’ve officially experienced my first real winter. Yes-you read that right. At 27, I’m just learning how to clear snow off my car with an ice scraper and that paying an exorbitant fee for garage parking might be worth it here in the Midwest. On days when I’m trying to keep warm under countless layers…

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

Brussels sprouts were once the vegetable everyone loved to hate and now they’ve somehow turned into the one everyone is eating. Why the change of heart? I’m not quite sure. All I’m sure of is that I absolutely love them. My relationship with these miniature cabbages started when I first roasted them in the oven letting them…

Greek Summer Salad

It’s funny how I can come home from Trader Joe’s with bags full of food and immediately begin debating what I should make for dinner. Sometimes, having too many options makes me feel as though I have none. Then, somewhere near the intersection of what I’m in the mood for, what might go bad soon and what I just…

Steak Gyro with Avocado Tzatziki

When it comes to food, Greeks have it all. Our variety of oregano has earned the name Kaliteri (meaning: the best). Our thyme honey wins international awards (and so we put it in every dessert). Our olive oil’s robust flavor has even driven people to steal it at gunpoint. Really though. Greek meals are made with the best ingredients available, yet we’ve…

Stuffed Pepper Soup

Growing up in a Greek household, I had my fair share of stuffed vegetables known as Yemista. From the usual array of tomatoes, bell peppers and zucchinis filled to the brim with ground beef, rice and fresh dill, I always chose a steamy pepper and topped it with a heaping spoon of sour cream or thick Greek yogurt. This was (and still…

Tomato, Olive, Feta & Shrimp Risotto

Since I started Sophaki Cooks, everyone asks the same question over and over again. Their past interest in my classes, work and other extracurricular activities has slowly disappeared and their newly found interest seems to be food. “What are you cooking?” When I’m asked this question, I know they don’t care what I’m making at that moment. They don’t…

Split Decision Ladenia

In case you haven’t figured it out already, I don’t usually stick to traditional recipes when it comes to cooking. This is exactly why I enjoy it so much. I get to take a dish that I’ve watched my mother prepare countless times just the same way her mother prepared it and have some fun with it….

Pasta with Lentils, Red Peppers & Toasted Walnuts

This past weekend, I was blessed to become the godmother of a sweet, beautiful, smart and hysterical little girl. Throughout the several days we spent together, I realized that I probably have more in common with this four year old than some of my own friends. For instance: 1. She gets just as excited about  school as…